Full-time - 69'
1 - 1
11:45 +00:00, August 19, 2006
Bramall Lane, England
Referee: R Styles
United hang on, and gain a very impressive opening day point.
Last few seconds of the match
Jagielka cuts out the ball to Gerrard, Pennant petulantly gives away a poor free kick and United can relax
United get a throw deep in the Liverpool half, Gillespie tries to keep it in the corner
Gerrard almost slides the ball through to Bellamy, but the whistle had gone
3 mins of stoppage time
Aurelio fires in a shot, but United clear up to Akinbiyi
Agger forward to Sissoko who wastes possession
Gillespie through to Akinbiyi, Hyypia with an excellent challenge to stop the big frontman.
Rafa appears very unhappy at his sides showing, Warnock will be very pleased from where he is sitting
Kromkamp surges forwards, but his through ball finds no-one at all. Kenny clears the ball high upfield
United anxious to hold on to the draw, chasing the ball down all over the pitch.
Akinbiyi comes on for the workhorse Hulse
Geary tries a long range effort after the free kick is taken short. Blazes it miles over.
Hulse down and clutchning his head after a tough challenge from Hyypia.
Sissoko pushes forward and wins Liverpool's 12th corner. Zenden scrambles it back in, but Bellamy wastes possession
Gerrard will move inside to a central role and support Bellamy
Bellamy chases a long ball, no sign of Crouch anymore. Fowler again fails to control the ball and is replaced by Pennant.
Webber blocked synically by Kromkamp who is rightly booked.
Kenny wasting time, suggesting that United are happy to play out the draw
Gonzalez tries an ambitious shot, blocked
Unsworth finds Gillespie who pops it across, but no United player at the far post
Neither side able to gain control, United haven't had a sniff of goal of ages
Gonzalez swings it in, Bellamy is furious as he's penalised for a push
United stumble in defence and concede a poor throw. Ball is sent skyward and Liverpool get another corner.
Gerrard roundly booed as he gets the ball, although he only lost his footing for the penalty.
Bromby off, replaced by Leigerwood
Kenny slices an awkward clearance, but gets away with it as Bellamy fails to control the ball
Hyypia flashes a header across the box.
Liverpool in the ascendeny. Aurelio swings in a cross and gains their 10th corner of the match.
Morgan so unlucky to have been penalised for that. Gerrard even stayed on his feet, but the ref gave it anyway. No red card either.
Fowler steps up. GOAL. Calmly slotted into the net
Never a penalty, there was no contact at all.
PENALTY. Gerrard bursts through and is caught as he tries to get his shot away.
Long throw cleared by Morgan. Hulse loses out to Hyypia as he's isolated up front.
Zenden screaming at the ref for a handball, but nothing given. Liverpool still trying to break down a sturdy United defence
Aurelio great cross, Bellamy gets between both centre backs and his diving header is well gathered by Kenny.
Gonzalez outpaces Geary, Gerrard and Bellamy combine for a neat cross to Fowler who can't slot home from near the 6 yards box.
Krompkamp gets free on the right, but his pull back is cleared for yet another Liverpool corner. Agger concedes a foul as the ball is swung across
Sissoko breaks and Tonge does brilliantly to get back and win possession with a well timed tackle
Sissoko booked for consistent fouls as he pulls back Tonge in central midfield
Bellamy can't beat the offside trap again, caught by a good 5 yards
Sissoko falls over, and Liverpool get a free kick by the left corner flag. Punched out by Kenny
Liverpool still unable to find a way past Morgan in defence. Kenny races out of his box to clear by the corner flag
Gillespie's first touch is a diving clearing header in his own box. Liverpool corner cleared, Gonzalez blocked out on the left wing.
Keith Gillespie comes on for Paul Ifill on the right wing.
Gonzalez gains possession in a good area, runs at the defence but loses his footing
Hyypia surges forward, Gonzalez goes down theatrically in the box and the ref waves play on
Gerrard finds Fowler through on the right. But he slips and loses control, Liverpool corner as the defence get back
Ifill wide left runs at Aurelio, but Sissoko takes control and clears to Gerrard. The England man is everwhere but having difficulty controlling the game.
Liverpool can only bring on one more sub after their first half injury problems. They need to change something soon.
Kromkamp miscontrols on the right wing, and the ball is cleared by United.
United are sitting deep and stifling the Liverpool attacks
Gerrard chasing the ball down, Agger has a very ambitious shot from miles out, caught by Kenny easily
Aurelio tries to make amends up the left wing. Another through ball is hit too long by Gonzalez. Hulse crowded out in the Liverpool box as Crouch starts to warm up on the touchline
Wasted. Taken short and cut out. The ball ends up back with Paddy Kenny who does well to control and clear
United free kick. Hulse is prowling around waiting for another chance
Liverpool corner. Hyypia climbs highest and grazes the outside of the post with his powerful header
Gerrard again wastes a good chance with a weak through ball cut out
Liverpool totally taken by surprise, Gerrard tries a shot from 25 yards but skies it way over the bar.
GOAL- United free kick taken by Unsworth, shocking defending by Liverpool and Hulse heads past Reina!
Half time whistle is blown
2 mins of stoppage time, Hulse loses out to Agger deep in the Liverpool half
Agger jumps highest from the corner, Hyypia barges into Kenny and the United keeper gets the free kick in his favour
Bellamy slipped in on the left, pulls the ball back to Fowler who is through on goal, but Fowler miscontrols the ball. Best chance of the match so far goes begging
Nearing half time, both teams looks tired
Bellamy finds room on the left and crosses to Gerrard. Gerrard's header is beaten away by the impressive Morgan
The crowd are lifted by United's disallowed goal. Hulse was clearly offside.
Webber's run tricks the liverpool defence. Through ball to Hulse, who smashes it past Reina. OFFISDE.
Aurelio finds Gerrard wide right. Gerrard bangs it across the box with no room at all, Fowlers' header is gathered by Kenny
Gerrard smashes it wide from way out
Aurelio curls it round the wall, a great save by Paddy Kenny in the middle of goal. 2 yards left and that's a certain goal
30 yards out, Gerrard and Aurelio standing over it.
Handball. Yellow card against Morgan who uses his arm to stop Gerrard's surging run
Fowler and Bellamy haven't had a sniff yet. United will be buoyed by the injury-hit liverpool team. Bellamy controls the ball with his arm and gives away a free kick
Liverpool are suffering with injuries in the first half, now having used up two of their subs
Agger replaces the injured Carragher
Carragher looks to be limping, Agger appears on the sidelines
Sissoko and Jagielka clash of heads. Both players down and after Sissoko's eye injury last season, this will worry the Liverpool manager.
Hulse again win the ball in the air. Hyypia doesn't deal with it well and Armstrong collides with Reina
Ifill turns well and sneaks between two Liverpool midfielders, gets his shot away but it's a tame effort from way out, doesn't trouble Reina.
Fowler shows great control to bring the ball down but is caught offside by about 2 yards.
Bellamy works an angle but his shot is blocked by Morgan
Gerrard again at the centre of the Liverpool attack, but his long ball can't find Bellamy
Riise taken off, looks very badly injured. Replaced by Gonzalez
Fowler through on goal after the United defence part, but pulled back for a push on Morgan
Bellamy races through but can't quite catch up with the ball
Liverpool swing in a cross from the left, Hyypia misses it and Armstrong nearly puts the ball in the back of his own net. Kenny stoops low to save well
Riise looks in a great deal of pain, left ankle injury means he'll surely be taken off
Riise in behind on the left, beats the advancing Paddy Kenny to the ball, crosses and the ball is cleared from under the crossbar by Morgan. Riise is down injured.
Gerrard is dropping deep to try and stabilise the Liverpool midfield, but United are fighting back well and having the lion's share of possession.
Fowler trips over and is beaten to the ball by the lively Armstrong. Who is then fouled.
Gerrard bursts through on the left wing, but runs out of room and is stopped by Unsworth
Unsworth plays it long again to Hulse, but these long balls aren't working for United at the moment
Rafa is out on the touchline shouting his orders, Warnock is of course banned for the first 2 games
Liverpool yet to get into their stride, United are controlling much of the play. Armstrong whips a cross in, but Reina smothers
Kromkamp plays a crazy high ball back to Reina who smashes it skyward. Webber blasts another shot in, but it's blocked
Another long ball from the United defence is overhit and Liverpool clear with Riise's long throw
The busy Hulse just miscontrols a long ball, Liverpool get a goal kick but Hulse is causing a stir in the Liverpool back-line
A buoyant start from United looks to have rattled the Liverpool defence early on
Webber picks the ball up and runs at the Liverpool defence, he looks a threat. Tonge smashes a shot into Carragher's midriff
Unsworth swings it it, but Sissoko heads clear
Good work from Ifill in midfield gets United a free kick in a good position
Bellamy gets on to a long through ball by Hyypia. Wide right he knocks the ball across goal, Kenny gets his fingers on it, but a goal kick is given
Hulse brilliant flick over Hyypia but Carragher gets back to snaffle out the chance. Good work from Hulse in the opening few mins
Hulse battles well with Carragher. Armstrong wants a foul, but the ref waves for him to get up after some tricky play near the box
Fowler sneaks in behind Bromby, but the chance is lost and Kenny gathers
Wasted free kick hit towards Unsworth
Quick free kick, nearly puts Webber in
Hulse fouled by Hyypia 30 yards out
Kenny boots the ball out of touch
Gerrard cross, Fowler gets ahead of his defender and forces a corner
Gerrard overhits through ball to Kromkamp wide right
Aurelio caught offside
Zenden chases down United midfield. Free kick on Carragher by Hulse
Carragher long ball forward to Gerrard who is playing wide right
Liverpool kick off
Sheff Utd: Kenny, Geary, Bromby, Morgan, Unsworth, Ifill, Jagielka, Tonge, Armstrong, Hulse, Webber. Subs: Akinbiyi, Sommeil, Gillespie, Leigertwood, Nade.
Liverpool: Reina, Kromkamp, Hyypia, Carragher, Riise, Gerrard, Sissoko, Zenden, Aurelio, Fowler, Bellamy. Subs: Dudek, Agger, Gonzalez, Crouch, Pennant.
Referee: R Styles (Hampshire)
Team news: Sheffield United look to start with a 4-5-1 formation with Hulse on his own up front. Jagielka and Tonge will try to control midfield.
Team news: Liverpool leave out Crouch for Fowler and start with Aurelio and Zenden.
John Arne Riise